Did you know that while a woman is breastfeeding she is supposed to consume an additional 500 calories in her diet? This is 200 calories more than a woman should consume during pregnancy. This makes me happy. I’m going to assume that whoever came up with these numbers expected those extra calories to be in the form of ice cream. Who’s with me? Anyone? Anyone? I suspect my good friends Ben and Jerry would support my assumption. So, I paid them a visit last weekend.
We arrived in Burlington, Vermont and had some time to spare before checking into our campground so I proposed to Chris that we take in the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory Tour. In previous trips to the area, we had always passed right by the factory, which I consider a form of punishment.
Being lactose intolerant, Chris doesn’t eat ice cream, doesn’t like it, and had no interest in seeing this factory. But, clearly he loves me because for this trip to Burlington, he endured the nearly one hour of learning about the history of the chunky, delicious ice cream, the sample tasting, and the walk through the retired flavor graveyard.
The tour mainly consists of a video and since we were there on a Sunday, the factory wasn’t in operation. Bummer! But, the video was interesting and we were able to see the factory floor from an observation booth and learn about the ice cream making process. We also learned that employees get to take home three pints a day. THREE! That’s 15 pints of ice cream a week! Sheesh! If I worked there, I would need a bigger Airstream.
After that, came the moment every person on the tour was waiting for: the samples. Yes, we all paid $3 for the tour but what we really paid for was the “free” sample. Whatever. It was totally worth it. The day’s sample was a chocolate caramel chunk and I devoured my sample and Chris’ sample. And, I just realized I should have gotten a sample for Emerson and eaten that one, too. Next time.
Once I consumed all those extra (and, necessary) calories, we walked to the ice cream graveyard to pay our respects to those flavors that were no longer in existence. R.I.P. Coffee, Coffee, BuzzBuzzBuzz.
It was a delightful tour and I can finally check this off my “To Do” list. Now, where are my stretchy, maternity pants? These jeans feel tight…